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An icy claw clenched her stomach.
What kind of crappy business had Atropos stuck her with? She was sick and tired of being given the bull crap jobs, while her three half-sisters lounged beachside, sipping mojitos, sandwiched between thong attired, ripped cabana boys. Well, that was how she imagined them anyway. It wasn’t like she received weekend invites.
Still, all they had to do was spin, measure, and cut. She had no job description aside from “as needed.” That meant she landed all the off the wall assignments in arcane hell holes she couldn’t even talk about later.
The snarling jaws of the lion head snapped her way, missing her forearm by an inch. She jumped back out of reach and steadied the revolver. She had always pictured Lamassus as serene and wise. A mixture of human and animal, often lion, bull, and winged creature, they guarded cities and palaces for councils and crowns. Set before the entrance to a dark region of the Underworld, this one displayed perverse tendencies. Its three heads were eagle, lion, and giant snake, all savage, and all determined to feast on her flesh. The apparent astral rope binding would not protect her if she stumbled too close.
“Are the bullets magic charged?”
At the sound of the gravelly voice, her chest tightened. She sank to one knee and peered around, but the Lamassu blocked out a major portion of the 360.
“If not, they’ll wound but won’t kill.”
The gun felt so good in her hand, too. Damn it! “I used my stash on rum soaked ghouls.”
“Too bad. Well, you might try a distraction.”
“Who the hell are you, and where?”
A cackle shot out. “I’m the least of your worries.”
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Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance